The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has urged Members of Parliament to spearhead the improvement of the health facilities in Kenya in a bid to enhance better provision of medical services.
Appearing before the Senate Health Committee on Thursday, doctors noted that they will not report to work on December 7, 2020 if the government does not improve their working conditions especially during this Covid-19 crisis.
The doctors want the government to provide them with Special isolation facilities, coverage of Covid-19 treatment, improved hazard allowance among other issues.
Reacting to calls by Members of Parliament to have stand-by evacuation choppers at their disposal in case of medical emergencies, the doctors noted that the planes will not help the legislators as medical facilities are currently over stretched.
“Helicopter evacuations will not save you because all ICU facilities are full,” KMPDU national vice chair Allan Ochanji said.
MPs Demand for stand-by evacuation Choppers
At a Parliamentary session on Tuesday, Members of Parliament urged the Parliamentary leadership to relook their medical care provision and improve it accordingly.
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi opined that Parliament should work to ensure all legislators have access to a hotline number for a helicopter to evacuate them to a good hospital in case of an emergency.
“We were requesting — and I have managed to talk to the clerk of the National Assembly about this, that we be given a hotline number to helicopter services just in case,” Mr Wanyonyi said as quoted by Nation.
For MPs in Nairobi, he recommended that Parliament should push for them to have well-equipped ambulances with the latest technology.